Good Enough Isn't Good Enough

Posted on Saturday, June 21st, 2014 at 7:10 am by Diamond Jim




My child, beware of “good enough,”

It isn’t made of sterling stuff;

It’s something anyone can do,

It marks the many from the few.


“Good enough” has no merit to the eye,

It’s something anyone can buy,

Its name is but a sham and bluff,

For it is never “good enough.”

The flaw which may escape the eye

And temporarily get by,

Shall weaken underneath the strain

And wreck the ship or car or plane.


With “good enough” the car breaks down

And one falls short of high renown.

My child, remember and be wise,

In “good enough” disaster lies.


With “good enough” the shirkers stop

In every factory and shop;

With “good enough” the failures rest

And lose to one who gives the best.


With “good enough” have ships been wrecked,

The forward march of armies checked,

Great buildings burned and fortunes lost;

Nor can the world compute the cost

In Life and money it has paid

Because at “good enough” one stayed.

Who stops at “good enough” shall find

Success has left them far behind.


For this is true of you and stuff –

Only the best is “good enough.”